The next film from the Star Wars franchise will hit theaters on December 22, 2023, with Rogue Squadron, directed by Patty Jenkins.
Though the film is still two and a half years away from its release date, it seems like production will start before long. It was recently reported that Matthew Robinson was hired to write the script, but it seems that production is much further along than we realized. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Patty Jenkins spoke to the progress being made on the film:
“It’s going amazing. I had been on it already for six months before I even announced that, so we’re pretty deep into it. We’re finishing a script, crewing up, and it’s all going wonderful. I’m so excited about the story and excited that we’re the next chapter of Star Wars, which is such a responsibility and such an opportunity to really start some new things. It’s really exciting in that way.”
With the announcement being made last December, and Jenkins saying that she had been working on it for six months by that point, it means that she’s now been working on Rogue Squadron for a year. And it sounds like the film is her next project (so she’ll apparently make it before the third Wonder Woman film), so it’s safe to say that this project is probably much further along than many of us expected.
She also mentioned that they’re finishing up a script, which is interesting, given the fact that a writer was just reported recently. But this perhaps suggests that the news of the writer, much like the news of Jenkins directing this film, is hitting the presses long after actually being hired. And it means that the story is probably pretty far along.
That’s awesome, and I can’t wait to see where it goes! Rogue Squadron is obviously something quite familiar and beloved to Star Wars fans, but this one will tell a new story. Not much at all is known about the film, but we’ve heard repeatedly that it will usher in a new era of storytelling – but whether that means it’ll literally come after the events of the sequel trilogy, or just be the next step in our universe of storytelling, is unclear.
Jenkins also spoke to THR about working with a franchise like Star Wars, which necessitates working with various other creatives on the story:
“There’s plenty of it. It’s an entirely different way of working. I’m on the phone with all of them and doing Zoom meetings with everybody involved in Star Wars all the time. I’m fairly free to do the story that we want to do, but you really need to know who’s done what, who’s doing what, where it goes and how it works, and what designs have been done before. It’s a whole other way of working that I’m getting up to speed on.”
I’m really excited about Rogue Squadron, and it’s further along in production than I previously expected! I still don’t think we’ll get much information about it for a while, but it’s cool to hear updates like this!